Central Michigan announced the contract extension of arguably its most successful coach over the last 30 years earlier this week.
Softball coach Margo Jonker was awarded a contract extension through the 2017-18 season, athletic director Dave Heeke announced.
Jonker will make a base salary of $118,578 per season with built in incentives, as well. She is entering her 33rd year as head coach of CMU softball.
“Margo and her staff have built a championship program both on and off the field as witnessed by its Mid-American Conference Tournament Championship and top-five national ranking academically last season,” Heeke said in a statement.
The Chippewas’ home field is named after Jonker, who said while she has received many offers from other schools, she is not going anywhere.
“I like CMU. I like our student-athletes, and this where I have been and this is where I will stay,” Jonker said. “I’m excited for the opportunity to have an extended contract. Our program is in excellent shape right now.”
Jonker led CMU to its 10th MAC Tournament title in 2013, giving CMU its 13th NCAA Tournament berth. Last year, Jonker became the 11th coach in Division I history to win 1,100 games and has a career record of 1,100-667-5.
Through her many successful years at CMU, Jonker has also placed an emphasis on the academics of her student-athletes.
“We are an educational institution, and I am 100-percent committed to the idea that athletics and academics can and should go hand-in-hand,” she said. “With many women’s sports, not many go pro and make a ton of money so academics need to be No. 1.”
Jonker said she has watched the softball program evolve and develop into one of CMU’s most successful varsity sports.
“The game has changed, and we have changed right along with it through the years,” Jonker said. “We did not wear helmets, the budgets have changed and players have come and gone.”
The CMU coaching legend said maintaining the standard of excellence she has formulated over the last three decades has become second nature to her and her coaching staff.
“People on this campus and in this community expect our program to win,” Jonker said. “It’s all about winning on the field and winning in life.”
CMU also awarded wrestling coach Tom Borrelli an extension through 2017-18. Borrelli led the Chippewas to their 13th MAC Championship last season. He is entering his 22nd year as coach of CMU wrestling.